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  • Chase GB Very Dry Gin 20cl Gift Book
    Hide this in your book case, know one will every know that here lies a 20cl of Chase Great British Extra Dry Gin, Perfect for a sneaky little G&T mid afternoon. They use 10 wild botanicals to create this gin along with their award winning Potato vodka as the base spirit.
    £14.99
  • Sipsmith V.J.O.P. Gin 57.7% 70cl
    Sipsmith Very Juniper Over Proof Gin is a celebration of juniper with three times the usual amount used in the distillation of this strong gin. There's heavy juniper pine on the nose followed by juniper, spice and chocolate on the palate. The finish is long and dry, allowing you to savour the jun...
    £39.69
  • Hoxton Pink Gin 40% 70cl
    Hoxton Pink Gin is the brain child of Gerry Calabrese, renowned mixologist and nightlife entrenpreneur. It takes the vibrant, bohemian attitude of Hoxton, home of many artists and musicians, and combines it into a gin that is quite unlike anything you've tried before. All the botanicals are ethic...
    £34.99
  • Neat Gin 70cl
    Neat Gin is a London Dry style gin developed by Eastender's actor Adam Woodyatt and his wife Beverley. Adam, who has played Ian Beale since 1985, came across a 15th century recipe for a gin but it was missing the quantities of the botanicals listed. After much trial and error, he came upo...
    £39.99
  • Rutte Dry Gin 43% 70cl
    Rutte dry gin hails from Holland, the birthplace of Genever and the country responsible for giving the British a taste for juniper goodness. Rutte have been dsitilling gin since 1872 so they know a thing or two about producing an elegant and clean offering. There's citrus to start but ...
    £36.99
  • Zing 72 Botanical Gin 40% 70cl
    Zing 72 is a premium grain gin distilled in Provence in the south of France. It's presented in a very eye catching bottle that is representative of the copper alembic that is used to create this small batch gin. The name also alludes to the distillation process as the botanicals are macerated for...
    £39.99
  • Copper Frog Gin 42% 70cl
    Copper Frog Gin is made in Exmouth, Devon and uses purfied water drawn from Lake Wimbleball on Exmoor National Park. It's distilled over an open flame at a small, family run distillery that are more interested in respecting the ancient traditions of distillation than producing a commercial gin...
    £46.99
  • Aber Falls Rhubarb & Ginger Welsh Gin 41.3% 70cl
    Aber Falls Rhubarb and Ginger Welsh Gin is inspired by the homely comforts of rhubarb crumble. Distilled at the only distillery in North Wales using water filtered down from the Snowdonian mountains. The gin is distilled using a copper pot still and the freshest botanicals. Tart rhuba...
    £24.99
  • Aber Falls Orange Marmalade Gin 41.3% 70cl
    Aber Falls Marmalade Welsh Gin is produced and bottled in Abergwyngregyn using water drawn from the Snowdonian mountains. This marmalade gin marries the complimentary flavours of juniper and citrus together providing the perfect base to add your favourite mixer to. A well balanced gin,...
    £24.99
  • St. Ives Gin Super Berry 70cl
    St. Ives Gin Super Berry is a super fruity cold compound gin from Cornwall that has had extra juniper berries added so the classic gin flavours aren't overpowered by the berries. The line-up includes varieties of red berries including goji, an antioxidant rich ingredient that has all manner of...
    £36.99
  • Persian Blue Marshmallow Gin 40% 50cl
    Persian Blue Gin is a deep aquamarine coloured gin that is made using marshmallow root. Before you get any ideas of a super sweet liquid, marshmallow root is, well, a root. Yes, it does add a certain amount of sweetness to the gin but not a sickly amount. It is also found in tea and is supposed t...
    £36.99
  • Uncle Vals Peppered Gin 45% 70cl
    Uncle Val's Peppered Gin is a very unusual gin that adds the most noteworthy botanicals after distillation. These are black pepper, bell peppers and pimento. This gives the gin a real spicy kick and you can really get that peppery punch on the palate. There is some sweetness mingled in with the p...
    £41.99
  • Mr Kamms Gin 42% 70cl
    Mr. Kamm's Gin is packed with a crazy 45 botanicals and is a London Dry made by ex-bartender Alex Kammerling in very small batches. Apparently it took him 180 attempts over a period of two years to perfect the recipe, hardly surprising considering the number of flavours to balance. The gin is sof...
    £38.99
  • Gin Ting Premium Dry Gin 70cl
    Gin Ting is likely the freshest tasting dry gin you're likely to taste. It's name pays homage to Ting, the fruity Caribbean soft drink that shares many flavours with this beautifully presented gin. Taking a sip of this, even neat, is like sampling the very best fruits the tropics have to offer...
    £37.45
  • Badachro Gin 42.2% 70cl
    Distilled in Badachro, in the north west Highlands of Scotland, Badachro Gin is a reflection of the pure air, water and land that defines the region. Marrying traditional botanicals with hand picked wild myrtle, local gorse blossom and elderflower, the delicious taste of one of the few wildern...
    £36.99
  • Elemental Raspberry Cornish Gin 50cl
    The guys at Elemental believe that the old ways are the best. Every drop of Elemental Gin is distilled in a copper still and bottled by hand in the heart of Cornwall, their secret blend of 12 botanicals complemented by crystal clear Cornish spring water. This is the long awaited Elemen...
    £28.99
  • Old Curiosity Chamomile & Cornflower Gin 39% 50cl
    Old Curiosity Chamomile and Cornflower is distilled using botanicals grown in the Secret Garden, a lovingly hand tended herb garden located outside of Edinburgh. Created by Hamish Martin and Steve Ross, the well suited duo are a herbologist and mixologist respectively. This pairing of...
    £33.99
  • Malfy Gin Rosa 70cl
    Malfy Gin Rosa is another great tasting flavoured gin from the Italian distillers. This time they have added tart pink grapefruit from Sicilly and Italian rhubarb to the mix. Malfy are well known for their citrus forward offerings and this one doesn't disappoint in the slightest. The gin its...
    £26.99
  • Makar Cask Matured Mulberry Aged Gin 70cl
    Makar Cask Matured Gin is an award winning tipple that picked up a Master's Medal at the Gin Masters Awards, a Gold at the Scottish Gin Awards and a Silver at the International Wine & Spirits Competition. It's distilled at the Glasgow Distillery where it spends ten weeks resting in oak casks ...
    £30.99
  • Liverpool Gin Lemongrass & Ginger 70cl
    Liverpool Lemongrass and Ginger is an organic gin and features the city's Liver Bird on the label. The essence of lemongrass adds a crisp, citrus flavour too the smooth English gin base. The natural ginger warms the palate for a beautifully complex finish.
    £42.99
  • Old Curiosity Apothecary Rose Gin 39% 50cl
    Old Curiosity Apothecary Rose Gin is made by Hamish Martin and Steve Ross, a talented pair who hand pick the botanicals for their gin from the Secret Herb Garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Rose petals have been historically lauded for their medicinal properties and apothecar...
    £33.99
  • Old Curiosity Lavender & Echinacea 39% 50cl
    Old Curiosity Lavender and Echinacea is another colour changing gin distilled using botanicals from the Secret Herb Garden near Edinburgh. The ingredients are all hand grown and picked before being transformed into fantastic gins by Hamish Martin and Steve Ross. It's packed with restor...
    £33.99
  • Trevethan Grapefruit & Lychee Gin 70cl
    Trevethan Grapefruit & Lychee Gin is a special release of just 300 bottles and is exclusive to Drinkfinder. Trevethan Distillery have done a wonderful job working with us to create a fantastic London Dry style Summer gin that will blow your taste buds. There is no infusing flavours here, e...
    £39.95
  • Artisan Infusions Rhubarb & Pink Grapefruit Gin Liqueur 29% 50cl
    This fresh Summer infusion plays on the refreshing sweetness of rhubarb paired with succulent pink grapefruit. Pair with ginger ale to create truly refreshing and a quintessentially English Summer drink to help those long days in the garden pass like a gentle cooling breeze.
    £28.50
  • Artisan Infusions Strawberries and Cream Gin Liqueur 29% 50cl
    Nothing says British Summer like straberries and cream. Combining the taste of freshly made strawberry jam with luxurious cream, let this delicious infusion transport yout to the fresh lawns of Wimbledon. Best paired with lemonade to make a truly decadent strawberry cup, this is a true winne...
    £28.50
  • Caspyn Cornish Dry Gin 35cl
    A smaller bottle of the excellent Caspyn Dry Gin that hails from the West Penwith area of Cornwall and is distilled in Penzance by Pocket Full Of Stones Distillery. This is a delightfully light, floral gin that is both juniper and citrus forward; there are ten botanicals used but the recipe is a ...
    £20.99
  • Caspyn Midsummer Dry Gin 35cl
    A smaller bottle of the Cornish made gin from West Penwith where Captain Poldark liked to roam! Caspyn Midsummer gin has been made with the edition of cucumber to produce a lovely fresh gin with a slight green tinge. Try serving with a good Tonic water and slices of cucumber. A perfect gin pour f...
    £20.99
  • Gin Etsu 70cl
    Gin Etsu is from Japan and means pleasure, linking somewhat naughtily to the Geisha depicted in the bottle's artwork. Distilled in Hokkaido, this gin uses a secret Asian recipe passed down through the generations. Many Japanese botanicals are used including berries, pepper, tea and the yellow ...
    £44.95
  • The Wrecking Coast Scurvy Gin Navy Strength 57% 70cl
    Wrecking Coast Scurvy gin is a navy strength offering from the distillery in Tintagel. It uses nine botanicals including Cornish scurvy grass, an excellent source of vitamin C that was given to sailors to help prevent scurvy. This links nicely to Cornwall's long and storied sea faring past, wi...
    £48.00
  • Tarquin's Strawberry & Lemon Verbena Gin 70cl
    Nicholson’s Pubs third annual Gin Festival has arrived for the summer across their 77 pubs around the UK! As part of the Festival, Nicholson’s have worked in collaboration with Tarquin’s Cornish Gin to produce something quintessentially British this summer… A strawberry and lemon verbena-flavo...
    £36.99
  • 3 Pugs Bubblegum Gin Liqueur 50cl
    Inspires by their 3 Pugs at home, Stephen and Christine have released this super cute 3 Pugs bubblegum gin liqueur. The husband and wife team hail from Cheshire and this is their fourth release which is presented in a very unusual bottle. Probably not one for the gin purists out there, this sw...
    £27.55
  • Jynevra Rhubarb Cornish Organic Gin 70cl
    Jynevra Rhubarb Gin is an organic offering from Atlantic Distillery in Cornwall. They has added vanilla which lends softness to the slighly tart but sweet rhubarb A wonderfully rich gin.
    £39.99
  • Jynevra Smoked Green Tea Organic Gin 70cl
    A smoked Cornish gin from Atlantic Distillery that's infused with smoked green tea leaves. Part of the ever expanding range of Jynevra organic gins, this has hints of orange and spiced honey.
    £39.99
  • Edinburgh Gin 1670 Royal Botanic Garden 43% 70cl
    Bringing together the natural connection between botany and gin distilling, Edinburgh Gin 1670 is the result of an innovative partnership with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The gardens were once used to teach medical students about plant treatments but are now considered a leading authority ...
    £34.99
  • Elderwood English Gin 43% 50cl
    Elderwood Spirits is a collaboration between chef Mike Robinson and respected wine and spirit experts New Generation. Elderwood Gin blends a classic base of juniper, coriander and angelica with a bespoke blend of botanicals sourced from English hedgerows and woods. Small batch distille...
    £31.95
  • Red Door Highland Gin 70cl
    Named after the distinctive red doors at the Benromach Distillery, Red Door is a small-batch, handcrafted London Dry style gin. Red Door Gin delivers signature notes of juniper and a defining citrus note of bitter orange, with aromatic sea buckthorn, floral pearls of heather and chocolatey rowanb...
    £31.50
  • Exmoor Gold Gin Wicked Wolf 42% 70cl
    Exmoor Gold Gin is a limited edition, small-batch handcrafted gin from Wicked Wolf. Working closely with Exmoor Ales to combine the fresh, fruity, yet malty flavours of Exmoor Gold Ale with the traditional and not-so-traditional botanicals from the Wicked Wolf distillery. Exmoor Gold ...
    £38.99
  • Hampshire Summer Garden Gin 40% 70cl
    A perfect spirit to celebrate the arrival of summer. Winchester Distillery have created this 'Summer Garden' gin that is is rich in juniper, New Forest strawberries & blueberries, rose petals, lime flower, meadowsweet, lemon thyme and peppermint, all distilled slowly in our ...
    £36.50
  • Hampshire Fine Dry Gin 40% 70cl
    This is a classically styled fine dry gin, rich in Macedonian juniper and distilled slowly in a traditional pot still. Two of the six botanicals - fresh lemon and lime peel - are vapour-infused in a basket above the boiling alcohol to keep their flavours fesh for a bright, zesty fini...
    £32.99
  • Chelsea Royal London Dry Gin 70cl
    Chelsea Royal is made in the heart of London in a traditional John Dore still using 100% grain spirit to produce the highest quality pure gin. The grain spirit is distilled with a secret blend of the highest quality botanicals drawn from all over the world. The essential botanicals are Juniper...
    £28.99
  • Tosolini Gin 43% 70cl
    Produced by the infamous Grappa producer Bepi Tosolini, in this beautifully designed blue and flora decorated bottle they bring to you their gin! To the nose you get citrus and juniper notes, on the palate this is a fresh citrus with herb and black pepper notes with a fresh and clean finish.
    £46.50
  • Masters Pink Gin 37.5% 70cl
    This pink gin is the first from the award winning Destilerias MG. A Clean and bright gin with intese aromas of real strawberry and raspberry fruit with a subtle citrus note which all follow through into the taste. Presented in a unique bottle in a vibrant pink set to stand out from the rest on th...
    £31.95
  • The Blue Beetle London Dry Gin 70cl
    There are many types of beetles. The blue beetle, however, is not a common beetle. It is not frequently found in nature and we generally know very little about it. In short, we can say it is the elusive king of beetles. Blue Beetle Gin is inspired by this character. Rare and unconventional, en...
    £29.65
  • Duck and Crutch Kensington Dry Gin 45% 70cl
    Duck and Crutch gin is being made by boyfriend and girlfriend team in a 6ft x 4ft shed in Kensington. This is a true hand crafted gin with no automation in the process, they don't even have a waters supply plumbed! The gin is a juniper driven gin thats warming and very smooth, hints of the Darjee...
    £48.99
  • St Giles Gin 42% 70cl
    Coming from Norfolk St Giles Gin's signature gin is made with 11 botanicals including lemon grass, grains of paradise and rose petals. The botanicals are infused within their bespoke copper still named Anna, by the head distiller Pete Margree to greate a beautiful modern and sophisticated...
    £39.99
  • St Giles Raspberry Rhubarb & Ginger Gin 40% 70cl
    This delicious raspberry rhubarb and ginger edition from St Giles distillery in Norfolk, is made with Norfolk local raspberries, organic rhubarb and finely ground ginger to create a delicate taste of a long British summer. Each batch of this flavored gin is made with over 20 kilos of the fresh...
    £37.40
  • Tarquin's Strawberry & Lime Gin 35cl
    Bring a little bit of Cornish Sunshine to every glass with Tarquin’s celebration of the Great British Strawberry. Flagship Tarquin’s Cornish Gin is first distilled in small batches with the addition of extra fresh lime zest. It’s then lovingly infused with the sweetest strawberries in...
    £17.65
  • Skin Gin Summer Edition Mint 42% 50cl
    Skin Gin produce many designs but with one taste. Made from juniper, mint, lime, lemon, grapefruit, orange and coriander. This Summer edition is covered in a bright green to bring the summer shine to everyone. This gin is a premium quality drink, but you can find a design that suits your likin...
    £43.99
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Gin Facts

Gin is without a shadow of a doubt the most popular spirit right now. It's made an unprecedented resurgence over the last few years, something that seemed unlikely considering how it went out of fashion. People can't seem to get enough of this juniper nectar and new gins are being distilled and bought to market almost daily. It's drunk at home, in bars and is a key ingredient in many a cocktail. Here are some fun facts about this often misunderstood spirit.

  • London had around 1500 stills in operation in 1726. There were over 6000 outlets where you could buy gin.
  • You won't find juniper farms in many places - nearly all of it grows wild and is handpicked.
  • Sailors in the Royal Navy used to get a ration of rum each day. The officers got gin instead.
  • Despite how crazy we are about the stuff here in the UK, it's the Philippines that drinks the most gin in the world.
  • Juniper isn't a berry. It's a sort of pine cone with fleshy scales. It's not pleasant to eat as you would a berry.
  • London Dry Gin has nothing to do with London. It's a style of gin as opposed to one defined by a geographical location.
  • Old Tom Gin is a sweeter style than London Dry and was created in the 1800's.
  • The Swan Neck refers to the pipe at the top of a copper pot still which is often used for distilling craft gins.
  • James Bond author Ian Flemming created the Vesper cocktail. It's contains vodka, gin and vermouth with a twist of lemon.
  • G&Ts were first became popular in the British colonies. The quinine in tonic water was good for combating malaria. It's very bitter on its own so gin was added to make it taste good.

Gin History

Gin is widely believed to come from Holland and records suggest that it was first distilled in the early 17th century. Strong opposition to this theory comes from Italy, where brands like Malfy insist it was Italian monks who first distilled the spirit some one hundred years before. It was originally sold as medicine in Dutch pharmacies with juniper being added to help make it taste more palatable. It was widely believed that Juniper had some holistic properties of its own too. We now know that it helps to repel fleas, a trait that was no doubt welcome at that time! Dutch gin is known as Genever and is much sweeter than its English counterpart.

The term 'Dutch Courage' is thought to have originated when British troops were fighting in the 30 Year War. They were given rations of Genever to help stave off the cold and damp. The fact that being inebriated made them a little braver would not have been unwelcome either. These soldiers started to return to England with the gin and it started to gain popularity. There were small amounts of distillation occurring in England at this time but the results were variable and the quality poor.

Gin production was actively encouraged by King William III as it assisted the country's agriculture using corn and barley. Pretty much anyone was permitted to start distilling and soon consumption overtook beer and ale. It's worth bearing in mind that at this time the water was filthy and could easily kill a person if consumed. Alcohol was one of the few safe things available to drink. Gin was even dished out as part of workers’ wages and, despite the very dubious quality, became very popular with the poor.

The 1729 Excise License

1729 saw the introduction of an excise license become necessary to distil gin. The cost was a very substantial £20 and a duty was also levied per gallon sold. Nobody listened. The reasonable quality spirit was nearly stamped out and the consumption of illicitly distilled gin rose drastically. Unbelievably, one in every four dwellings in London had been dedicated to the sole sale of spirits. Alcoholism was rife and people were dying in their droves. Those that were still living were pretty much incapable of anything such was their level of inebriation.

It was at this time Hogarth produced 'the 'Gin Lane' engraving showing the misery and carnage that was rampant in London due to the excessive consumption of gin. His companion piece depicted those citizens drinking ale as the picture of good health and virtue. The term 'Mothers' Ruin' was coined as gin was used to aid abortions and it was very common for babies and small children to die because of neglect through drunkenness. Bad times indeed, but things were to get worse before getting better.

The Gin Act

1736 saw what was known as the 'Gin Riots', where common folk protested violently against the new Gin Act. A license to distil was raised to £50 and duty rose to £1 a gallon. Among the rioting, illegal gin was still being made. In fact, production rose and as much as 11 million gallons were distilled in London alone. Laughably, only two distillers took out licenses during the six years The Gin Act was in effect.

In 1742 The Gin Act was repealed. It was being completely ignored and the authorities had no way to enforce the law when so many people were breaking it. The government worked together with distillers to create new policies that were mutually agreeable to all involved. The policy entailed spirits being sold at a reasonably high price, sensible excise duties and the licensing of sellers under the watchful eye of the courts. The system that we still have today is virtually the same as this.

The distillers became more concerned with quality and flavour as opposed to churning out the highest volumes of spirit that were harmful for the imbiber. Distillers became respectable and started sponsoring events and expeditions. As the production of gin moved out from the gutters, the high-quality spirit that we know and love today was born.

The 1800's saw fabulous Gin Palaces being established, providing a place of grandeur for even the working class to imbibe. These Gin Palaces were quite luxurious and at a complete juxtaposition to the squalor and deprivation of the areas they were located in. By the half way point of the 19th Century, it’s estimated there were around 5000 in business within London alone. Further reforms to the industry saw distillation continually improve and gin went from the tipple of the poor to being drunk by the rich and powerful of high society.

How Is Gin Made

The definition of gin is defined by European Law. The first and most important stipulation is that the predominant flavour must be juniper. How much this rule is enforced is debatable considering the number of flavoured gins that are on the market. Three defined methods of production are laid out in the regulations. There is London Gin, Distilled Gin and Compound Gin.

There are some rules that are applicable across all methods of production. The ingredients that provide the flavour profile are called botanicals. Juniper is one such botanical and is always included. Other common botanicals include citrus fruits, coriander, black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg to name just a few. No gin distiller worth their salt would ever reveal their exact recipe. Varying the volumes of the botanicals will yield vastly different results, even when compared to another gin using the exact same botanicals in different weight ratios. Every gin must be bottled at least 37.5% abv but many distilleries bottle at a higher strength.

London Dry Gin

London Gin must use all-natural ingredients; no artificial flavourings are allowed. The process requires neutral spirit of no less than 96% abv to be re-distilled with botanicals. This is commonly done in a copper pot still and the process is only permitted to be undertaken once, hence why London Gins are often called 'one shots'. The botanicals are placed in the still and the watered down neutral spirit is pumped in and heated. This releases the essential oils from the botanicals which flavour the spirit.

The distillate is re-circulated through the still until it reaches an alcohol percentage of over 90%. The top and bottom parts of the liquid, known as the head and tail, are discarded. Only the middle part, that of the highest quality, goes on to be bottled. After this one run of distillation, the only things that can be added to a London Dry are water, neutral alcohol and a very small amount of sugar.

Distilled Gin

This follows pretty much the same process as London Dry except for some key differences. Firstly, the gin can be distilled as many times as the distiller wants. This has meant that some experimental gins have been made by blending different distillates together, often created by more than one of the three methods listed here. Secondly, other flavourings are permitted to be added after distillation. This includes those from natural sources but also from artificial ones too.

Compound Gin

Creating a compound gin is less expensive than the other two methods but this doesn't make it inferior in taste. Essential oils are extracted from botanicals, usually by pressing them. These oils can then be added straight to any spirit. Alternatively, the actual botanicals themselves can by placed directly into neutral spirit and left to macerate. For want of a simple term, the flavours are simply infused with the spirit. Once they are filtered out, that's the gin ready to be drunk.

It's an old method that was primarily used to create gin quickly and increase profit margins. Many of these cheap gins were of an inferior quality and this method is less commonly used nowadays. It’s possible to create high quality gin in this way though. Professor Ampleforth's Bath Tub and St. Ives Gin are both notable examples of how this method can create fresh and vibrant flavours that are well balanced and consistent from batch to batch.